Category Archives: Previews

First Preview: We take Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus AKA Nazi Killing Simulator 3000 for a test ride

If there’s one thing that 2017 has taught us, it’s that Nazi punching is back in style. Given that’s the case, Wolfenstein II has arrived with most fashionable timing. If you’re like me, and you love a good Nazi maiming, then this is the game for you. Last week, The Iris was given the opportunity to play through two key missions in Wolfenstein II’s main story, which follows American secret agent B.J. Blazkowicz as he attempts to overthrow the Nazi regime that has taken root in America.... Continue Reading

E3 2017: Hands On: Skull and Bones (Xbox One, 2017)

I don’t think I’m alone in saying that I still think of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag‘s naval combat as being of the greatest things to ever come out of that series. Taking part in roaring battles on the high seas, plundering ruined vessels and discovering tiny islands filled with treasure — it was kind of a dream. It made sense that Ubisoft would want to split that facet of the game off into something entirely self-contained and with Skull and Bones, they’ve done exactly that. Continue reading E3 2017: Hands On: Skull and Bones (Xbox One, 2017)

E3 2017: Hands On: Assassin’s Creed Origins (Xbox One, 2017)

When Ubisoft announced that their long-running Assassin’s Creed would be taking a year off to afford the team some extra time for development, I was all for it. The series had needed a break for a long while. So to say I was excited to see what an extra year of development has been able to give the team on Assassin’s Creed Origins would be to undersell it. I was not disappointed.
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E3 2017: Hands On: South Park: The Fractured But Whole (PS4, 2017)

Oh god, this game is so going to be banned in Australia. Yesterday I spent half an hour with the upcoming sequel to Ubisoft’s successful South Park RPG The Stick of Truth and based on the sequence I was shown … yeah, there’s no way this thing gets through the OFLC unscathed. Continue reading E3 2017: Hands On: South Park: The Fractured But Whole (PS4, 2017)

E3 2017: Hands On: Far Cry 5 (PS4, 2018)

As we’ve seen in the lead up to its announce trailer, Far Cry 5‘s premise is a timely one — a church of religious fundamentalists in an isolated town in middle America who wish to remake their nation in their bold new vision of conservativism. That’s where you and your arsenal of weapons come in. Continue reading E3 2017: Hands On: Far Cry 5 (PS4, 2018)

E3 2017: Hands On: Gran Turismo Sport VR (PSVR, 2017)

I was able to play Gran Turismo Sport during my visit to the PlayStation E3 booth this morning. Both were conducted from within the confines of a pretend car body, outfitted with a top-of-the-line racing wheel and pedals. As you read this hands on piece, please bear that in mind. I can’t comment on how the game plays with a controller in either 2D or VR as I simply haven’t been able to try it that way yet.

What surprised me most about playing this way, however, was how much sense Gran Turismo Sport actually made to me as a VR title, particularly with the over-the-top setup Sony had sprung for in the media booth.

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E3 2017: Hands On: Pokken Tournament DX (Switch, 2017)

I’m starting to wonder if I’ll ever truly get Pokken Tournament. As a fighting game idea, it’s great! In practice, at least for some, it’s a spectacular fighter, full of surprise twists and reversals of fortune. For me, it remains an odd experience, though one that feels perhaps more at home on the Switch than it did on the Wii U. Continue reading E3 2017: Hands On: Pokken Tournament DX (Switch, 2017)